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What does PAT stand for?

PAT stands for Portable Applience Testing, Its offical term is 'in-service inspection & testing of electrical equipment". 

What is PAT testing?

Portable appliance testing is the visual inspection and testing of appliances to ensure that the appliances are safe to use. A PAT tester will test equipment for many potential faults including a Visual inspection, insulation resistance, earth continuity, and lead polarity.

What Needs to be Tested?

Electrical Appliances that have a flexible lead and a plug, such as 

  • tools and extension leads used in the construction industry 

  • floor cleaners 

  • electric kettles 

  • toasters

  • hairdryers 

  • white goods 

  • computers 

  • printers 

  • hedge trimmers 

  • electric fans

Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement?

At present PAT testing is not a legal requirement, however the 'Health and Safety at Work (Jersey) Law 1989' & 'The Electricity at Work (Jersey) Regulations 1983' permit the safety of employees and Customers on your premises. The best way to ensure this is to have PAT carried out.

How often does PAT testing need to be done?

In general we would attend site on an annual basis, how ever each type of appliance and its environment determines the recommended test frequency. 

This can range from 3 months to 5 years. 

In an office environment the recommended frequency as per the official code of practice is 1 years to 4 years dependent on the appliance. 

Construction sites or workshop locations for Power tools and Extension leads are a 3 month to 12 month   recommended frequency. 

For all environments, Kitchen equipment is recommended to test on an annual basis. 

How much does it cost?

We charge by a per item amount, this is determined by a few factors. The amount of items to test, the environment of the tests and ease of access (some premises may need to be tested out of hours to minimise disruption).

Our price includes the testing, a pass or fail label, an itemised asset report containing all tests and pass certificate. 

As part of our service we will also carry out minor repairs/plug replacements to ensure any previously failed items can pass. We also only charge for a passed item, we do not charge for any failures. 

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